ANIMALS 24-7 details our investigation of dog attack, possible horse racing grudge, & the killings of Harper & Guy Hansman by dog owner Ronald DelSerro
PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida; TORONTO, Ontario––The July 2020 ANIMALS 24-7 investigation of the murders of 11-year-old Harper Hansman and her father Guy Alexander Hansman, 55, helps to frame the narrative for “Gone to the Dogs,” episode 8 of Season 8 of the Fear Thy Neighbor television crime series broadcast by Investigation Discovery.
Harper and Guy Hansman were shot during a July 6, 2020 home invasion by their longtime next-door-neighbor Ronald John DelSerro, who had just received a fine of $500 and a dangerous animal citation from City of Port St. Lucie Animal Control.
Summarizes the Fear Thy Neighbor online preview, “A friendly retired couple delights a family with young children when they move in next door. Then the new neighbors’ dog attacks the children’s mother, setting off a vicious conflict that ends in two shocking murders.”
Monday, August 22, 2022
Emailed Fear Thy Neighbor production coordinator Cam Sparks on August 15, 2022 to ANIMALS 24-7 editors Beth and Merritt Clifton, “I wanted to let you know that your interviews for Fear Thy Neighbor will appear in the episode currently entitled ‘Gone to the Dogs,’ which will have its initial broadcast exhibition on Monday, August 22nd, 2022 at 10 p.m., Eastern time, on Investigation Discovery in the U.S.
“This date has been provided to us by the network but is subject to change,” Sparks added.
Directed by Brian Rice, scripted by Carl Knutson, “Gone to the Dogs” features crime scene re-enactments.
Actresses Emma Altomare and Tiffany Babiak play Harper and Monique Hansman, Ralph Macleod plays Guy Hansman, Craig Monk plays Ronald Delserro, and Caro Coltman plays DelSerro’s wife Sandra DelSerro.
Courtroom testimony plus video
The “Gone to the Dogs” narrative benefits from more than 400 pages of courtroom testimony plus videos that were not yet available when ANIMALS 24-7 posted our two reports, Girl, 11, & father killed over a bull mastiff? Race horses involved too?, and “We’re not just the family who got murdered over the dog.”
But ANIMALS 24-7 had not missed much, and had picked up a great deal of background that no one else had, as Fear Thy Neighbor producer/researcher Justin Kinch mentioned in asking us to tell the whole story on camera in several hours of interviews videotaped at ANIMALS 24-7 board member Jill Ishi Campbell’s now closed Someday Farm vegan bed-and-breakfast.
The “Gone to the Dogs” story began on March 4, 2020, when Monique Hansman, 53, was mauled by a free-roaming bull mastiff named Roxy, owned by neighbors Ronald and Sandra DelSerro, 82 and 78, respectively.
Roxy was also alternately described in police and court documents as a bull mastiff and an Italian mastiff, a term also used to describe Cane Corsos and Neopolitan mastiffs.
Whatever Roxy was, she was a big, powerful, notoriously ill-behaved dog who was in the act of attacking Rucca, the Hansman family’s leashed Labradoodle, when Monique Hansman intervened.
Monique Hansman testified later in court that Roxy bit her arm and ear, inflicting a gash to her head, for which she was treated at St. Lucie Medical Center.
Harper Hansman witnessed the attack, and also testified about it.
Repeated violations of a home quarantine order and at least two other instances of Roxy running at large followed.
Instead of keeping Roxy properly fenced, as the dangerous animal citation belatedly required, Ronald DelSerro came home from court, grabbed two handguns, walked next door, and shot Guy Hansman, 55, Monique’s husband and sweetheart since she was 10 years old.
Ronald DelSerro then followed Harper Hansman and her young cousin as they fled upstairs to Harper’s bedroom, fatally shooting Harper after she called 911.
And then, under police siege, Ronald DelSerro shot himself, never to face even a semblance of legal justice.
Why did city do nothing?
Frustratedly demanded Monique Hansman in the weeks afterward, “Why is it that when I called my city officials for months (mayor’s office, city attorney, animal control, and police) and told them how dangerous they [the DelSerros and their dog Roxy] were, they did nothing? Why is it that the dog caused me to have a $22,000 hospital bill and a $1,000 vet bill, but everyone feels sorry for their dog?” who was euthanized at request of Sandra DelSerro two days after Guy and Harper Hansman were murdered.
Monique Hansman made clear that she holds Sandra DelSerro as well as Ronald DelSerro responsible for the string of incidents preceding the murders, with considerable reason, as the courtroom transcripts eventually made clear. Ronald DelSerro suffered from diagnosed dementia, yet Sandra DelSerro allowed him to keep guns in every room of their home and in their car.
“Constantly had to hide”
“We constantly had to hide from them!” Monique Hansman recounted. “We hid for months. We lived like prisoners in our own home and then Ronald DelSerro murdered them, all over a $500 fine and a requirement to put up signs on the fence saying the dog was dangerous. He murdered my husband and child over $500 bucks and a sign.”
Monique Hansman reserved particular contempt for former Port St. Lucie mayor Gregory J. Oravec, whose Facebook page boasts that during his tenure, beginning in 2014, Port St. Lucie has been “named the safest large city in Florida.”
Oravec, Monique Hansman mentioned, “lives on my block and ignored my pleas for help, yet showed up at my private family viewing after being told I had no desire to meet with him.”
Ronald DelSerro was horse racing cheat
Part of the back story to Ronald DelSerro’s shooting rampage may have been long-smoldering resentment of Guy Hansman’s father and Harper Hansman’s grandfather Larry Hansman’s considerable stature in thoroughbred racing, as first a renowned jockey and later a well-respected racing judge.
Ronald DelSerro, after making millions of dollars building housing tracts in Pennsylvania, lost millions of dollars investing in racehorses. The four DelSerro horses won 50 races in seven years, but on March 18, 1996 the most successful Delserro horse, Accession, tested positive for doping with a drug called Etorphine, a semi-synthetic opioid also known as elephant juice.
The episode effectively ended the racing careers of both Ronald DelSerro and trainer David Monacci, who had already served a previous suspension for doping horses before DelSerro hired him.
Fear thy Neighbor debuted with dog attack case
“Gone to the Dogs” will be the second episode of the Fear Thy Neighbor to originate out of a dog attack. The television crime series debuted in April 2014 with “Lies Lawns Murder,” detailing a case in which a pit bull kept by disabled Vietnam veteran Roland Younce, 63, of Lenoir, North Carolina, repeatedly roamed at large, menacing neighbors.
The pit bull in January 2008 injured the five-and-six-year-old daughters of next-door-neighbor Tony L. Moore, 44, who was confined to a wheelchair.
26 calls to 911 in 18 months
Moore sued Younce for $1,910 to cover his daughters’ medical bills, but lost the case, apparently because the daughters were on Younce’s property when bitten.
During the next 18 months police reportedly responded to disturbance calls from both households on at least 26 occasions.
Finally, on May 27, 2009, Moore shot the pit bull after the pit bull chased the Moore family cat up onto the Moore front porch. Both Moore and Younce called 911.
Shooting from ambush, Younce wounded sheriff’s deputy Marty Robbins, who was first to respond, Moore, and Moore’s younger daughter.
Younce then wounded police sergeant Tom McManus before other responding officers shot Younce dead.